At the moment, I run a website and blog, Desert Rose Reviews, which is focused on reviewing and celebrating books, movies and art. I run a virtual tour service, Desert Rose Tours, which celebrates and tours books, music and art. My hubby and I also provide several literary services, and are usually always editing or beta-reading something for authors.
Who all works with you?
It's just me and my hubby Ken, at the moment. Once we get bigger, we may expand, but for now, it's a husband and wife team. :)
When did you first start writing?
For fun? When I was 3, I think. With the idea of publishing? 12, or thereabouts. I've been writing on and off since Junior High, but being a perfectionist, and having a chaotic life, I have yet to publish anything.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely, yes. I was 3 or 4. I remember writing it, and loving the process of writing, but I don't remember what it was. My parents didn't keep it, so I'll never know, but I've wanted to be a writer since I was 2, so that didn't stop me much :)
Have you published any books yet?
Not at the moment, no. I've written several, but am still working on most of them. I hope to have at least one of them published in 2014.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing about 9 different books at the moment. A couple of YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance series, a Contemporary Fiction novel, a Sci-Fi Series, and a couple of Steampunk/Dieselpunk series. I'm having so much fun writing, and can't wait to share my stories with people! I'm hoping to have at least one of my books published in 2014- fingers crossed! :D
What is your writing process?
Gushing bursts of words! I don't follow a structured process, which makes planning more difficult, but makes writing so much more fun. I write when I'm inspired, and move on to something else creative if I'm out of words to write (which rarely happens). I think that's the only way I'm able to write 9 books at once, though- no way to organize that for me, I just have to gush when the inspiration and ideas hit :)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading, was "Harold and the Purple Crayon," by Crockett Johnson. I know that's not the first book I ever read, but it's the first one I remember really inspiring me to be a writer myself. I was two :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a bunch of different places- one of the fun things about me is, I've moved more times in my life, than the number of years I've been alive. Moving that much and experiencing so many new places has helped immensely in my writing, and is really where most of my inspiration for characters and locations come from. I think I would be a very dull person, if I hadn't moved around ever year or two throughout my life.
How do you approach cover design?
I try and come up with something creative and indie. In all honesty though, I just shoot out ideas, and my hubby is my cover designer and artist- he's fantastic at that sort of thing, so it's fun to let him run with it and come up with something brilliant :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am indie, at heart, so being an indie author just seemed to fit! :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing something that connects to someone else, and allows them to see life or an experience in a way they may not have otherwise. I also just love creating stories from nothing. It's fun to create and invent something new, that no one else has thought of in the way I have. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It depends on the day, but for the most part, I'm always listening to music, dancing around my house, and playing with my dogs. I spend several hours each day cooking. I try to create something new each day, and laugh as much as I can. I love making jewelry, painting, sketching, working on graphic designs, and creating music with my hubby for our band.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that catches my eye, really. I love most any genre, and as long as it isn't erotic, I'll read basically anything :)
Who are your favorite authors?
This is such a difficult question for me, and I still haven't found a good answer. I don't really have any specific favorite authors, simply because there are too many authors that I really love. Too many tie for first place :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer Kindle, because of the layout and options. Nook is ok, but a little more difficult to work with, and isn't as easy to personalize.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
So many different ways! Sometimes it's recommendations from my other book-obsessed friends, sometimes it's through a review request or book tour, and sometimes it's just a book that catches my eye. Goodreads and Shelfari always play a big part in my book decisions though- I don't know what I'd do without my friends on those sites! :)
Describe your desk.
Messy, covered in paper, pens, and candy wrappers :) Organize chaos, basically.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have dreams that need completing, and a life that needs living. That's reason enough :) That, and the promise of some great laughs, and a few cookies ;)
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything- without fans, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I love my fans, and appreciate anyone who takes the time to read what I write, and connect with me in some way.
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